Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play!

Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday which is co-hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play!  Each week, creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired.   I will get things started with a craft I did with the babies this week and then please add your links.  I was thinking about doing winter crafts and pondered what would look like snow.  Mashed potato flakes popped into my head and I went to the store to pick some up. They looked snow-like but lacked sparkle, so I added some iridescent glitter.  That gave it a magical snow quality and we were ready to craft.
 
 
Mashed Potato Snow Flakes:
 
You will  need:
  • Boxed mashed potato flakes
  • Iridescent glitter
  • White paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Black or blue construction paper (or background paper of your choice)
  • White glue
 
Fluffy mashed potato flakes with iridescent sparkle
 
 
     Mix the desired amount of mashed potato flakes with iridescent glitter until you achieve the look that you like for snow.  Fold the white paper into a square shape a few times over (or cut into a circle), trimming off the excess from the original rectangle.  Draw on a snowflake pattern of your own invention (or use free patterns found online such as these) and cut it out.  Older children will have fun inventing their own snowflake patterns.  Through experience I found out that if you want the snowflake to lie flat, glue it onto the background paper first.  Otherwise, it curls when drying which can be pretty too.  Next, add white glue to the snowflake and smooth it out.
 
 
Ryder loved sprinkling the potato 'snow' onto the snowflake.
 
 
 Offer the potato flake snow to your child with a spoon and to sprinkle all over the snowflake.  You may want to add some other drops of glue around the snowflake to create the effect of tiny snowflakes falling around the bigger one.  Shake off the excess 'snow.'  You could also glue the snowflake to a gift bag or card (which I recommend doing before adding the snow).  Our babies loved shaking on the snow.  I hope you enjoy making mashed potato snow flakes with the children in your lives.
 
     Now it is your turn.  Add as many arts, crafts and play posts as you like.  Please link directly to your posts (rather than your homepage) so that everyone can find your ideas months from now.  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (or a text link) to your linked posts so that you readers can come over and join in the fun.  Feel free to pin any of the posts you enjoy, or you can simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you have access to all the fun ideas at once when you have more time.  Please leave a comment if you wish.  I enjoy reading each one.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pulled Cotton Snowman



     

Pulled Cotton Snowman


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Pulled Cotton Snowman:

You Will Need:

  • Cotton balls
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • White paper, poster board or cardstock
  • Free Snowman template (or draw your own)
  • Black felt cut into hat shape (use template to cut it out)
  • Black pom poms for buttons (or use actual buttons, black beans, coffee beans etc.)
  • Google eyes
  • Orange pipe cleaner cut into 'carrot' nose (or use orange felt, paper, or a nose drawn with an orange pen)
  • Brown pipe cleaner shaped into arms
  • Red felt cut into mouth shape
  • Red felt for backing (or use paper, or skip the backing)


     Trace and cut out the snowman template onto white card stock (or print it directly onto card stock and cut it out). Older children can cut it out or you can do this, as I did, for younger children. Attach the snowman's arms with a stapler (or have your older children do this).   Have your children pull the cotton balls until they are fluffy.  With a paper underneath the snowman to protect your table, add glue to the entire snowman and have the children place the pulled cotton onto the snowman including the hat area.  Add glue to the cotton on the hat area and have your child glue the hat on.  This way, the hat is at the same level as the snowman's head.  Add glue and have your children attach the face and buttons.  Younger children can pat the features in place with their fingers if they do not yet have the motor coordination to place them.  Place the finished snowman on a contrasting felt or paper background if desired.  The snowman can also be attached to a plain gift bag to make it festive.

Capri had fun attaching the pulled cotton and was amused that the glue was 'sticky.'

 
 
     If you give this a try, let me know.  I'd love to see pictures on the Capri + 3 FB page.

Toy Drive Under the Sea



     We are members of our local aquarium and when we found out they were doing a toy drive event after hours for members, we were excited.  Greg picked out a bunch of toys at the store and off we went.  The babies are too young to understand right now, but we want to teach them the importance of being part of a community and giving back.  They will see through pictures that they have been doing this since they were toddlers. 

     We discovered a big difference in terms of attendance and access compared to an average day.  The babies were able to see exhibits we could not get near before due to crowds.  It was nice to be able to walk right up to the aquariums and give them an amazing view.

 

We gave toys with hopes of creating a happier holiday season for children in need.




We were amazed as always by the spectacular jelly fish.




The babies looked all around the giant aquariums
 
 
 
 

and enjoyed the not so eensy weensy spider crabs.
 
 
     It was a fun night visiting the aquarium after hours.  The babies began to identify what they observed which was exciting to watch.  Will your family participate in any toy drives or food drives this year?  I would love to hear your stories and thoughts.  As always, comments are welcome.   

Friday, November 16, 2012

Buh Boom, Buh Boom, Buh Boom



     Each day I do 'table time' with the babies. They do puzzles, arts and crafts, and other learning activities. They were all in the midst of gluing with glue sticks and using leaf stamps when Capri announced that she needed to go potty. We have potties in several places for convenience and sanity. I took her to the closest one in the play room and she sat down. I went back to the boys about seven feet away and checked on their craft play. Capri announced "all done" and waddled over to the gate, pants still down. I was walking towards her when she lost her balance and fell into the door frame. She immediately began to cry and I noticed a bruise forming on her fair skin as soon as I picked her up. After finishing the potty routine, including an m&m, a sticker, dumping in the big potty and washing hands, I looked for a bag of frozen veggies to put on her injury.






     I noticed a big bag of frozen grapes that Greg loves to snack on. I took some out and created an instant ice pack. This is going to be my new source of ice packs for all our bumps and bruises.   It is better than a big bag of frozen veggies as it can be customized to just the right size. I had her lay her head on a pillow and I held the homemade ice pack to her forehead. I looked into her eyes with concern and she gazed back at me and said, "buh boom, buh boom, buh boom." She then pointed to herself, crossed her arms across her chest,  pointed at me, and said, "I love you."  I melted.

     Each night we read the babies several nursery rhymes and sing songs. When we leave the room we tell each of them that we love each of them while crossing our arms to form an 'X' on our chests for love.    Then we say, "you make our hearts go buh boom, buh boom, buh boom" while thumping a heartbeat with one hand on our chests.  I tell them "I love you" and "buh boom..." at various times throughout the day too.   They now use this as a way to say I love you to us too. Sometimes when I tuck Xayden in for nap, he will smile up at me, pat his chest and say, "buh boom, buh boom."  It is heartwarming to hear that.  I am grateful to be able to spend time with the babies and develop a special connection.  What traditions do you have at bed time?  Do you make homemade ice packs for your family?  I'd love to hear your stories and ideas.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday




Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 







     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 where each week creative blogs add links to their posts so that we can try fun new activities and projects with the children in our lives. I will get things started with an art activity I did with the babies this week and then please add your posts.
 
 
Pom Pom Mitten

Xayden concentrates as he makes his mitten.
 
 
 
Pom Pom Mitten
 
You will need:
Construction paper
Pom poms in matching color (to paper)
White glue
Pen
Scissors
Glitter card stock (if desired or alternate color of construction paper)
 
     Trace your child's hands in a mitten shape onto construction paper.  Add the white glue to the mittens.  Older children can add their own glue.  Have your child add pom poms to the glue to cover the entire mitten.  When it is dry, cut out the mitten and glue to glitter card stock or construction paper.
 
     Now it is your turn.  Add as many arts, crafts and play posts as you like (with direct links so that everyone can find them months from now).  It would be great if you would grab the html code above and add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (or a text link) to your linked posts so that your readers can come over and join in the fun.  I look forward to reading all of your great ideas.  Feel free to pin any ideas you enjoy or you can always pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can see all of the great ideas at once when you have more time.  If you'd like to comment, I'd love to hear from  you.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy...
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

How to Make an Elmo Party Invitation, headband and Fedora: a Tutorial




     The babies just turned two and we had an Elmo themed party for them.  I 'Elmofied' our house and sent out homemade Elmo party invitations.  Perhaps you can use my ideas if you have an Elmo theme party for your children.  If you have another theme, you could take the same idea and turn it into a different character. I used the same Elmos to make Fedoras for the boys and a headband for Capri.



You will need:
  • Red fur fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread:  Red, Black, White
  • Google eyes
  • Orange pom pom for nose
  • Sparkle pom pom (I used lavender) for hat
  • Felt:  Black and patterned for hat (I used Paisley)
  • Sewing Machine (or you can hand sew)
  • Embellishing Glue (I used Jewel-It)
  • Glitter Card stock (I used matstack brand which comes in a 'book' of 42 sheets)  6.5" x 4.5"
  • Card stock for body of invitation (I used blue)
  • Glue or scrapbooking adhesive to attach body of invitation onto the glitter card stock
  • envelopes which fit the invitations
  • Small hole Punch
  • Scissors (with fancy edge if desired)
  • Thin red satin ribbon
  • Grommets can be used if desired
  • Cookie cutter or other circle shape to trace Elmo
  • Fedora hat (if you wish to make a hat)
  • Red headband (if you wish to make a headband)
  •    
          Trace circle shape onto the back of the red fur and cut out.  Cut red satin ribbon to about four to five inches and sew onto back of the red circle with red thread (either by hand or by machine).  Cut an Elmo smile out of black felt.  Position orange pom pom nose, google eyes and black felt smile onto the front of the red circle (to see where you would like his face to be).  Then, sew the smile onto the front of the face using black thread.  Sew the orange pom pom on the front by  hand using red thread. You can actually sew all the way through the pom pom in small stitches and the thread will not show in the front.  Cut out a triangle from the patterned felt to make a hat.  Hand sew the sparkle pom pom onto the hat using white thread.  Also using white thread, sew the hat onto Elmo's head.  Attach the google eyes using the embellishing glue and let dry overnight.


This is what the back of Elmo looks like before he is attached to the card.


      Then, type the body of your invitation "Elmo Invites You..." for the front and the main part of the invitation for the back.  The main part can continue "to a party for his special friend (child's name) with Date, Time, Address and what will be served as well as RSVP information.  Cut out the Elmo Invites You... and the body of the invitation with fancy edge scissors to fit the invitation.  Attach the body of the invitation to the back and the "Elmo Invites You..." to the bottom of the front (glitter side) of the card stock.  Punch two holes through the body of the invitation  (so that Elmo will be where you want him to be when you thread the ribbons through).  Add grommets if desired.  Add Elmo to the front of the card by threading the ribbon through the holes and tying the ribbon into a bow on the back (body of the invitation).  You could use more glue than sewing to save time, though it is safer to sew it if you are sending it through the mail so that Elmo does not arrive in pieces.  If you are mailing your invitations, they need to be hand canceled and require more postage.  Ours cost between $1.50 and $2.00 each to mail. I suggest taking them to the Post Office so you know that the postage is individually applied.

Attach Elmo to a headband by sewing it on with red thread.
 
 
To make the Fedora, hand sew Elmo to hat with red thread on Elmo and white on Elmo's hat.
 
 
     The boys had fun wearing their Elmo Fedoras and Capri enjoyed her Elmo headband.  If you decide to make these Elmo Invitations, headbands or fedoras, please send me a link to your pictures so that I can enjoy them.  If you have any questions, please leave them in a comment and I'd be happy to answer them.  I enjoy hearing from  you.  As always, comments are welcome.





Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Artsy Play Wednesday





Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
 
 
     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 where each week creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired to try fun new things with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with an activity I did with the babies this week and then please add your links.  The babies are turning two and are having an Elmo themed party.  I was shopping for supplies at a local dollar store when I saw a red dust mop.  It looked like Elmo to me, so I bought it and transformed it when I got home. The babies immediately recognized 'Elmo' and have had a blast playing with their new puppet.
 
 
 
Dust Mop Puppet:
You will need:
Dust mop
Large Google Eyes
Felt (Cut into the shape of a mouth)
Large Pom Pom
Embellishing Glue (I used 'Jewel It' brand which is used to glue jewels onto clothing and is durable)
Needle and Coordinating Thread for Pom Pom
 
Instructions:
You can do this for your younger children, as I did, or older children can do it.  Sew the pom pom nose onto the dust mop.  This makes it more durable and less likely to come off if your child pulls the nose.  Then, glue on the google eyes and mouth and dry over night.  You can try any combination of colors of dust mops and pom poms to make a cast of characters.  It is an easy, inexpensive project that will lead to hours of creative play. 
 
Capri immediately bonded with 'Elmo'

and expressed wonderment as she played with him.
 
      Now it is your turn.  Please feel free to add as many direct links as you would like to your arts crafts and play posts (so that everyone can find them later).  I look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas.  It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button to your linked posts (or a text link) so that your readers can come over and join in the fun.  Please feel free to pin any of the posts that you like or you can always pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you will have access to all of the creative ideas at once when you have more time. As always, your comments are welcome.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.
 

 
 
 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vacation Photo Shoot

    

     As I mentioned in previous posts, we took our first family vacation to Oregon. We wanted to make sure it was well documented so we hired professional photographer, Rocky French, of Firefly Images to do a photo shoot. You can find her page on Facebook by searching for Firefly Images, Rocky French.  She was warm and friendly and the photo shoot was a lot of fun.



 Xayden (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
Grayson (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 A Nautical Gathering (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 Ryder (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 Capri (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 Grandpa and Xayden share some love (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 Xayden, Grandma, Grandpa and Ryder (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
 
 Brother Bonding (Firefly Images)
 
 
 
     It was a fun family photo shoot.  It was worthwhile to splurge on a professional photographer for our vacation.  Rocky French captured our family memories in a way that we could not.  She was wonderful with the babies and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  If you are ever in the Klamath Falls area, we would highly recommend her.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories.  As always, comments are welcome. 


 
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